Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Aug 2012 14:14 UTC, submitted by fran
BeOS & Derivatives Haiku's 64bit port is progressing nicely. "As you can see, this looks pretty much like a regular Haiku desktop. There's still a lot of things missing, though - not many apps or drivers yet. However, most things should be fairly simple to get working, typically just a few compilation fixes."
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Gullible Jones
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Haiku is great, but a single-user OS is a security nightmare these days. I really hope the devs can get something going on the security front.

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znby Member since:

I think it's is going to be added in R2. R1 is designed to backwards compatible with the last release of BeOS, and introducing multi user support would doubtlessly break a lot of stuff.

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Andre Member since:

Back in the days, PhosphorOS introduced basic multi user support. Also an (officially unreleased) ZETA 1.51 also supported multi-user support. I cannot recall experiencing incompatibilities with these implementations.

Note: PhosphorOS' implementation was not really secure: hitting control-alt-delete, killing the login task, and then clicking restart desktop gave you a desktop as the default 'baron' user. But this was experimental, and besides, PhosphorOS was a BeOS distro, so based on closed source software. (I think it was Dan0 based)

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CavemanGR Member since:

Security is a process.
Has no architecture.
Single user or maybe not,
difference makes none.

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jayrulez Member since:

Could you please explain how a single user OS is a security nightmare these days?

Edited 2012-08-29 15:36 UTC

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No it isnt Member since:

Because if any user is root, then any user can give any other user access to everything on the system without as much as an exploit. Completely by accident.

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aaronb Member since:

It is the risks associated with running everything with the same privileges. And having no per user structure to keep files and preferences separate.

I am really looking forwards to the next Haiku alpha / beta but compared other operating systems there are important missing features.

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Valhalla Member since:

Haiku is great, but a single-user OS is a security nightmare these days.

Haiku is firmly focused on the end user desktop, I don't know about you but I've never seen the need to have separate accounts on our machines here at home.

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